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Scandinavian Shakespeare: Teater Västmanland’s Immo and Leo.

Art Beat

SOMETHING SWEDISH THIS WAY COMES: The New York State Theatre Institute continues its nifty international exchange program by presenting Teater Västmanland, a Swedish theater company. Don’t worry—they’re performing in English. The play is Immo and Leo, a modern reworking of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Cymabaline, which will run at the Schacht Fine Arts Center (at Russell Sage College) from May 20 to 26. We are assured that the “tale is told in a distinctly modern Swedish style that will treat audiences to a very different and decidedly European way to enjoy theater.” The production has been “generously supported” by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York City; word is, some distinguished Swedish officials will be making the trip up the from Nuevo York for the official ceremonial opening. For information about reservations and showtimes, visit www.nysti.org, or call 274-3256.

PLEASE COME BACK, THE SCAFFOLDING’S GONE: The Hyde Collection has completed 18 long months of “expansion, restoration and renovation” and will celebrate the super-plus-good grand reopening of historic Hyde House on Saturday, May 22 from 10 AM to 4 PM. There will be music by the Glens Falls High School Symphonic Band (9:45 AM); a ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening of the exhibition Masterworks: Selections from the New Britain Museum of American Art (10 AM); behind-the-scene tours of Hyde House (beginning 11 AM); children’s activities all day; a lecture on the restoration (11:30 AM); music by Lee Shaw (also 11:30 AM); and a premiere performance of Masquerade, an original one-act play presented by battenkill.poets.theatre. For more information, visit www.hydecollection.org, or call 792-1761.

SUMMER MUST BE A CUMIN’ IN, IT’S CERAMICS TIME AGIN’: Firlefanz Gallery, Lark Street’s Little Gallery That Could, will be hosting their Second Annual Summer Ceramic Show beginning Wednesday (May 19). Twelve ceramic artists will be exhibiting, as well as eight visual artists—you can’t hang ceramics on the wall, so they might as well hang some pictures—and, as a special added attraction, jewelry created by an additional eight different artists. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, May 21, from 4 to 8 PM. Damned if we can figure out how 28 artists will cram themselves into the gallery. Come to think of it, that’s an excellent reason to show up and find out. For more information visit www.firlefanzgallery.com, or call 436-9498.

OVER HERE, OVER THERE: The Rensselaer County Historical Society (57 Second St., Troy) will be opening their next exhibit this Saturday (May 15) from noon to 5 PM: Rensselaer County Goes to War: War and the Home Front, 1775-2003. By their own description, this is an ambitious undertaking. There will be a wide variety of items on display, from uniforms and weapons to letters, images and objects retrieved from a couple of centuries of battlefields. The exhibit will “look at issues related to patriotism, protest, politics, trade and commerce, industrial innovation and social change by examining conflicts . . . from the American Revolution to the recent war in Iraq.” For more information, call 272-7232.

—Shawn Stone

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